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Apology of a self critic.

Posted in General, Statements on 07/04/2011 by markcalles

So… the month has past, and for some it may have seemed a bit longer, especially if they had spent any amount of time with or around me. Therefore, in the practice of letting one thing end and others begin, I would like to offer my apology to any and all who had the dreadful task of putting up with me. Needles to say, I was at many times, simply put, a dick, and for this I am sorry. Some may know I was under a fair amount of stress, mostly self imposed due to my overly critical standpoint with myself, and coupled with my yearly detox, it may have gotten a bit overwhelming for some. Im sure I said some things that are not very becoming of my usual demeanor and also acted in a way that was sure to ostracize myself from some of you. My only hope is that any offended parties can forgive my foolish way of acting and recognize that this is not my usual self.

Some times I am quick to forget how out of my element I really am and how much others that expect little or nothing in return have given me. In comparisons, it is still a bit disorienting to be experiencing so many new things in a place that is still in many ways foreign.

I want to thank you all for making the past year a great and beautiful one, especially my friends and co-workers at the one and only Halifax. Without you guys there wouldn’t even be a reason to write anything like this. I especially would like to thank those who I work with in close relation and who have taken the time, on some occasions, to simple tell me to shut the hell up. To me, criticism is paramount, and I welcome every ounce that I receive, whether warranted or not. I would like to invite any and all of you to add to that whenever you see fit. Without it, my own personal growth would be a slow and arduous one.

So once again, I extend my sincerest apologies, and the biggest thanks that I can. I hope that this summer brings many more wonderful memories and that I can help make the time you spend with or around me an enriching one. Thank you.

 

Mark B L Calles

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A change in dispositon

Posted in Statements on 27/01/2010 by markcalles

To say it as plainly as possible, something is wrong. Everyday I come across someone, or something, that just doesn’t seem to make sense. It seems that we are all content to change what matters the least. We are all content to keep things going the way they have been. We buy shitty products, that negatively impact the world around us, that never work in the way that was promised, that are designed to fail, that we mostly just don’t need. We listen to news that isn’t real, opinions of people that are misleading, look to people to lead that are just as lost as we. We are manipulated by marketing and mass media, socialized and educated to believe these lies that the keep feeding us. We are kept demoralized, afraid, ignorant and indebted, and for what reason. It is for one thing only, it is for their, and because of our own, blind greed.

What most of us don’t seem to understand is that, we are all part of how the scheme works. It only continues to function because we let it, because we chose not to take action. To some it may seem unfair, some may think that this is not a problem they have created, and truthfully most are correct. It is not fair. I, am a 25 year old male, born and raised in California, to parents from different parts of the world. Most of my life, I lived seemingly unaware. Unaware of my surroundings, unaware of my impact, unaware of my conditioning and unaware of my exploitation by the people that were supposed to look out for me, the people that are supposed to care. I was raised as a cog of the system, I was raised to believe that this was how it is supposed to be, and not necessarily by my parents, but by society.

Mine is a generation raised by society. Raised by cartoons and commercials, morning and nightly news, soap operas, reality television, rock stars, rappers, pop stars and movie stars. All of which hold no accord for our well-being. We were raised by the marketing media and by those few who control it. Raised by an entity that has no morality and no humanity.

I did not create or want this, I do not benefit from its continued survival, so why do I suffer it. Why do we continue to live in a system that has so abandoned the 99%. Because, we are conditioned to. Because we were raised to believe that this is the only thing that works, or at least, what works the best. Because we are scared, of change, we are scared that it may not get better, scared that we will lose what little we have, when truthfully, we have nothing. We are so content to stay in the same place, to find some comfort in our little niche; we are content to just survive.

But now I have come alive, now I see with truth and clarity. Now I understand and can rise above my conditioning. I am no longer a slave to society as long as I choose not to be. Yes, I did not create this, but its survival depends upon my continual feeding. If I remove myself, if I step back and realize the impact I can create, if I realize I have the human capacity and luxury to change, then I can see the possibilities for something better.  Every person has the capacity, the opportunity and obligation to remove themselves from this flawed system. We have the chance now to fully understand that as individuals we make up a society and the society is truly what dictates the path that our lives follow, and that only as a society can we move forward. We need now to remove that power from the hands of the few so that the many can flourish, so that the many can experience that life is more then the things we have or the titles we claim, but it is a true connection with each other and the planet, and a thus a true connection with reality.

Reality is what you make it.